Sunday, January 6, 2013

A helping hand

Pato back to Brazil

 

Sam Allardyce picks up Raggedy-Ann dolls Joe Cole & Marouane Chamakh

Limp and hung out to dry, Joe Cole and Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh had become two of the footballing wilderness' most high-profile members in the last six months.

Fortunately, West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has always been a man to appreciate the quality of vintage goods, and was quick to sign the duo on Friday in the early days of the January transfer window.

Snapped off the shelf and handed a second chance at Upton Park, 31-year-old Cole will be hoping for a happy return to east London, while the Moroccan's six-month loan spell is a perfect chance to show his worth to his parent club in the north of the capital...

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Mancini finally explodes after reaching Balotelli boiling point

Roberto Mancini has stood by Mario Balotelli through all the fireworks in the bathroom, red cards, camouflaged Bentleys and grass allergies.

But tensions finally seemed to come to a head at Manchester City's training ground on Thursday, when Mancini took exception to a tackle by the striker on Scott Sinclair, leading to a physical altercation.

However, despite the fireworks at Carrington, Mancini does not appear to have severed ties entirely with the striker.

“Will Mario have more chances? I will give him 100 chances as long as I can see him trying to improve and working hard for this football club,” he told reporters on Friday morning.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Redknapp teaches dopey Benitez a lesson

Down, out and languishing at the foot of the Premier League table, Harry Redknapp's QPR seemed all but relegated going into Wednesday's clash with Chelsea.

Prior to kick-off, the former Tottenham boss had teased his counterpart Rafa Benitez, insisting he would have to be "a dope" not to succeed with the talent-laden squad available to him at Stamford Bridge.

Whether Redknapp's jibes were intended or not, they most certainly worked, with the Rs snatching a shock 1-0 win against their west London rivals, and Benitez well and truly taught a lesson by 'Arry...

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Chicharito & Van Persie two peas in a pod

Manchester United continued their march towards reclaiming the Premier League title with a 4-0 victory over Wigan on Tuesday which came largely thanks to Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez.

The strikers bagged two goals apiece at the DW Stadium to ensure the Red Devils maintained their seven-point lead at the top of the table, with manager Sir Alex Ferguson later hailing his peashooting duo.

Indeed, Van Persie and Chicharito's form could be concerning for fellow forwards Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney, with the pair making goalscoring look easy peasy as of late...